BTW - Week of May 31, 2019

31 May

2019 BookExpo Brings Hundreds of Indie Booksellers to New York City

In between educational sessions, author signings, and networking opportunities designed exclusively for American Booksellers Association members, booksellers roamed the floor to discover new offerings and catch up with colleagues.

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31 May
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ABA Annual Membership Meeting: Opportunities, Challenges Lie Ahead

Among the good news presented at the ABA Annual Membership Meeting at BookExpo on Thursday, May 30, is that for the tenth year in a row association membership has grown.

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31 May

ABA Town Hall at BookExpo: Booksellers Talk Healthcare, Finances, Publisher Relationships

The meeting on Thursday, May 30, brought a number of booksellers to the microphone to address a range of issues.

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31 May

Authors Honored at 2019 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards

Independent booksellers gathered at the Choice Stage at BookExpo 2019 for the 19th annual Indies Choice Book Awards ceremony.

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30 May

More Than 300 People Attend 2019 Silent Art Auction at BookExpo

As is the case every year, proceeds from the auction benefited the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader. The event was sponsored by ABA, the Children’s Book Council, and HarperCollins Children’s Books.

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30 May

June 10 Application Deadline for Scholarships to Winter Institute 2020

To be eligible for a scholarship to the 2020 event, applicants must be from an ABA member store that has not attended Winter Institute in the past seven years.

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08 May
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ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Survey Underway

The customized reports and online tools that reporting stores receive in return for filling out the survey provide a full picture of a bookstore’s financial performance.

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24 May

ABA Survey to Help Publishers Develop Indie-Focused Pre-Order Campaigns

The purpose of the survey is to gather information from booksellers that will help publishers and authors develop new campaigns that direct pre-order sales to indie bookstores.

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30 May

Sign-Ups Continue for 2019 #HarperCollinsLovesIndies Facebook Live Program

The publisher has also created a new hashtag, #TheHandSellLive, for the 2019 campaign, which booksellers can use to tag their videos on Facebook and when reposting them to other social media platforms.

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31 May
Blue Manatee receiving IWI award

Blue Manatee Literacy Project and Bookstore Wins Binc and PRH’s Indies With Impact Grant

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation created the Indies with Impact grant program as a way to recognize, support, and strengthen the connections bookstores have with their neighbors.

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31 May

BTW News Briefs

PRH acquires minority stake in Sourcebooks; S&S to distribute Waterhouse Press; Nationals pitcher supporting indies; Former RH publisher Robert L. Bernstein dies; Plum Bay Publishing launches; PRH imprints create new publishing program; Candlewick announces terms for indies; Personnel changes at Penguin Press, Macmillan Children’s, Europa Editions, Welbeck Publishing, Holiday House, Random Children’s Books, Hachette; Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing winner announced

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28 May
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Hosting Community Writing Contests/Creating Original Content

The American Booksellers Association recently presented the second in a series of three online Marketing Meetups focusing on topics related to IngramSpark, the print-on-demand book publishing service and e-book distribution tool.

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30 May

Sign Up for June 6 Marketing Meetup: “Best Practices for Marketing Sidelines”

In this marketing meetup, participating booksellers will hear about best practices and general advice for marketing non-book items to customers, as well as some popular items and other less-popular ones.

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30 May
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Libro.fm to Offer Deals Throughout Audiobook Month

Each week in June, Libro.fm will be sharing new content on its blog and social media, including information about its Summer Listening Challenge and new Kids and YA Book Clubs.

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30 May
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The June ’19 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The June Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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31 May
The Golden Fig is now open.

Around Indies

Golden Fig opens; Turning Page, Alibi to open; Penn Book Center to stay open; Green Arcade, Changing Hands celebrate anniversaries; Writer’s Block to move; Brookline Booksmith, Rediscovered named best bookstores; Jospeh-Beth bookseller to judge Kentucky Bluegrass Award; Bookmarks announces employee of the month; BookBar, The Lit. Bar, Bookends & Beginnings, The Book Worm, Mil Mundos, Roundabout, Classic Lines, Well-Read Moose featured in local news; and more. 

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